With so many people around her who were staring at her, it went without saying that Yun Jian could not immediately sense that she was being targeted. Currently, she was standing in front of Lawson urging the latter to hurry back to his judging area.
Although Lawson wanted to talk more to Yun Jian, he was urged by the teacher who had been guiding him just now just when words reached the tip of his tongue. He could only walk away while turning back continuously—even pausing on his track to tell Yun Jian, “Yun Jian, wait for me after the competition ends later. You have to take me around Country Z since I’ve come all the way here! Make sure you do!”
Pressing her lips together, Yun Jian’s delicate face looked pure yet intentional. “Mn,” she nodded with a hum.
Then, Lawson ran back to where he was supposed to go as a judge.
Seeing that the show was over, the crowding students dispersed as well.
The foreign languages competition began shortly.
There were more participants this time and the teachers who led students from their schools had already arranged their students before they came to the competition venue. Each student here was ranked into four levels, A, B, C, and D.
Students in Level A would compete against each other and vice versa for the rest of the levels. Needless to say, students in Level A were also those who scored the best in their school. Coming to Level D, they would be the ones with the worst speaking skill across the schools.
The ranking of levels were tested by a few teachers who specialized in languages several days ago as they went to the students who were taking part in each school.
Without a doubt, Yun Jian’s speaking level was A, so she was put in the Level A group.
The goal of grouping them like this was to speed up the process of the competition since they had more participants this time. When the list was out, the first group to compete was students in Group A.
Yun Jian was already standing in Group A’s area but she did not see Ning Lanlan. It was thus deducible that she was not in Group A.
As for the competition venue, they were on the big field of Foreign Languages High School’s junior high division. The English speaking competition was not a closed event, so all the participating students could watch the contest. The only catch was that they must not make noise.
Currently, students in Group A were already in the midst of the competition. It was divided into two rounds with the first round being dictation. The first round was simple. One would only have to recite an English conversation printed by the organizer and the judges would score each participant according to their performance.
Yun Jian spoke well—everyone there had already heard her earlier, so when she read the long chunk of conversation eloquently, no one was too shocked like how they were in the beginning.
With Yun Jian as the comparison, Ji Xuetang who held the title of “foreign languages prodigy” did not seem as outstanding. This only made the latter resent Yun Jian more.
The second round of the competition gathered all Group A participants to stand together and pick their own opponent for a foreign language conversation round. Both parties would talk in a foreign language until one party failed to reply, meaning another party won. The party who won could select their next opponent while the one who lost would compete against another participant who lost. The one who won, on the other hand, could rise up the round and the last two parties who gain victory all the way would compete against each other, thus resulting in first, second, and third placing.
When Group A students chose their opponents, the audience was nervous. The two people who received the most attention were Ji Xuetang who was called the “foreign languages prodigy” and Yun Jian who was able to talk easily with a foreigner.
Before the conversation round began, Ji Xuetang pointed at Yun Jian right at the start of the selection of their opponents and spoke arrogantly, “I choose her!”